International Placement Scheme Short-term Fellowships at the Harry Ransom Center

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Enhance your research with a fellowship at one of the world’s premier research institutions.

The AHRC is delighted to announce exciting opportunities for early career researchers, post-doctoral research assistants and AHRC-funded doctoral students to undertake two to three month funded fellowships at the Harry Ransom Center, at the University of Texas at Austin, as part of the International Placement Scheme (IPS).

About the Harry Ransom Center

The Harry Ransom Center is a world-leading research institution, dedicated to advancing the study of the arts and humanities by acquiring, preserving, and making accessible original cultural materials.

Specializing in literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts, the Center’s extensive collections include: 42 million manuscripts; nearly one million rare books; 5 million photographs; 100,000 works of art and design; as well as major collections in film and the performing arts.

The Center's many notable holdings include:

  • The Magnum Photos collection
  • The Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein Watergate papers
  • Three copies of the First Folio of William Shakespeare's plays
  • Paintings by Frida Kahlo; a complete set of Picasso's Vollard Suite
  • Extensive manuscript collections of David Foster Wallace, Lewis Carroll, Doris Lessing, Aleister Crowley, James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, Anne Sexton and Graham Greene
  • Archives of Robert De Niro, Tom Stoppard, Harry Houdini and David O. Selznick - including Gone with the Wind costumes, scripts, storyboards and screen tests.

The Center supports research through symposia and fellowships and provides education and enrichment for scholars, students, and the public through exhibitions and programs. The Center’s Conservation Department is charged with the care and preservation of its collections; its staff are active and expert researchers in conservation techniques.

The Center's collections are searchable online.

About the International Placement Scheme

The annual International Placement Scheme (IPS) provides funded research fellowships at world-leading international research institutions for early career researchers, research assistants and AHRC/ESRC*-funded PhD students. From 2016, IPS fellowships are available at:

* ESRC candidates are eligible to apply to LoC, but not the other IPS institutions.

IPS Privileges

IPS fellowships at the Harry Ransom Center are for two to three months. For this round, Harry Ransom Center fellowships may start from 1st September 2016 and must be completed by 31st May 2017.

IPS Harry Ransom fellows receive a contribution of up to £750 towards their travel, their visa costs paid, plus a stipend of £1200 for each month of their fellowship (in addition to any normal stipend paid as part of any existing AHRC award).

IPS Harry Ransom Center fellows will have a shared office space, and enjoy access to the collections, resources, facilities, curators and other scholars at the Center, as well as those at The University of Texas at Austin.

IPS fellows at the Harry Ransom Center will be part of a cohort of international fellows, with opportunities to take part in workshops, conferences, symposia, special lectures, as well as present work to peers and mentors, and the opportunity to network and forge international contacts and collaborations, both at the Center and The University of Texas at Austin.

The Harry Ransom Center will provide IPS fellows with a list of local rental accommodations. Upon their arrival, fellows will be issued a University ID card that entitles them to free local bus travel, borrowing privileges with the University libraries, and a reduced-rate gym membership, among other privileges. More details may be found on the Center’s AHRC Fellowships webpage.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 21/01/2016

16.00 on Thursday 21/01/2016

Outcomes for IPS applications to the Harry Ransom Center will be emailed to candidates and their RO by 1st April 2016.

How to make an application

Candidates MUST ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria as outlined on the main IPS webpage.

Applicants MUST consult the ‘Harry Ransom Center IPS Application Guidance’ before preparing their application. The guidance contains detailed information on eligibility, privileges, application administration and how to apply.

Applicants MUST identify the collections they propose to consult at the Harry Ransom Center. Information about many of the Center's collections can be found on their website; information on use of the collections is also available on the Center's website. Only after they have thoroughly researched the Center’s in-depth collection descriptions and finding aids online, candidates may contact an appropriate curator or librarian at the Ransom Center with specific inquiries about the collections, particularly ones that are only partially catalogued and searchable online. Candidates should check that the materials they wish to consult will be available during their proposed visit and that the time they propose to request is appropriate. The Center cannot support speculative requests for information where the candidate has not carried out their own research on the Center's collections. The deadline for candidates to initiate contact with the Center is 1st December 2015. After that, the Center cannot guarantee a response before the AHRC's application deadline of 21st January. Please contact only one curator or librarian at the Center to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort. If more than one collection is involved, Center staff will ensure that your message is properly forwarded.

Applicants MUST consult the Center's AHRC Fellowships webpage for information about the paperwork the Center requires fellows to provide upon award of an IPS Harry Ransom Center fellowship. Candidates should only apply for a HRC IPS fellowship if they will be able to complete all parts of this paperwork, including the Criminal Background Check.

Applications MUST be made online via the RCUK Je-S system. A sample version of the application form is available, for information only. Detailed instructions on how to apply via Je-S are published in the above 'Harry Ransom Center IPS Application Guidance'.

IPS Harry Ransom Center applicants MUST submit an academic CV with their application.

The AHRC cannot accept applications directly from students: the application may not be in the student’s name and the student’s RO must submit the application on their student’s behalf. Student applicants should therefore contact their RO prior to applying to check their internal submission process. Please see the above 'Harry Ransom Center IPS Application Guidance' for further details.

Further Information

IPS Fellows discuss their experiences in this short film.

IPS Overview Presentation from AHRC Staff. (pptx file, 15.4MB)

View interviews with HRC fellows, including AHRC IPS HRC fellows Alison Stone and Matthew McFrederick.

Presentation by 2015 IPS Harry Ransom Fellow Hanna Roche (pptx file, 5.1MB)

Presentation by 2014 IPS Harry Ransom Fellow Eva Nieto McAvoy

Presentation by 2013 Harry Ransom Fellow Professor Marion Wynne-Davies

Previous awards

2015 Harry Ransom Centre Fellows (PDF, 84KB)

2014 Harry Ransom Centre Fellows (PDF, 128KB)

IPS Showcases

The AHRC and ESRC hosted two events to showcase IPS opportunities- 2nd November 2015 (London) & 6th November 2015 (Manchester).

Twitter Chat

The AHRC and IPS fellows and alumni held a Twitter chat from 2-3pm on Wednesday 11th November 2015. Follow the conversation #AHRCIPS.  You can also read a summary of our 2014 & 2013 Twitter chats. 


If you have any queries not answered by the scheme guidance documents, please contact or telephone 01793 416060.

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